September 01, 2016 GPSolo | Best of ABA Sections

INTERNATIONAL LAW: Cultural Diplomacy and Border Disputes

Antonette Barilla

When we think of border disputes, we think of the stories that infiltrate world news programs and claim warfare and violent struggle as their progeny. Undoubtedly we think of territorial conflicts and disputed state lines, of peoples reclaiming territory or founding their own countries. But border disputes do not always begin at perimeters and boundaries. Many of us live in places where cultural conflicts thrive and where there exists a clear divide among distinct populations. These clashes are frequently the not-so-subtle precursors to border disputes and are fertile ground for the advocacy and diplomacy skills of attorneys.

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